Israel, Coronavirus COVID-19: IDF Chief and two generals enter into self-quarantine

IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi and two other generals entered into self-quarantine Tuesday after taking part in a meeting with an officer who later tested positive for the disease, the military said. According to the Israel Defense Forces, Kohavi and the two generals — Home Front Command chief Maj. Gen. Tamir Yadai and of IDF Operations Directorate head Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva — met with the infected Home Front Command reserve officer on March 22, meaning they will need to remain in quarantine at least until the end of the week, if they do not test positive for the disease.

“The chief of staff feels good, has no symptoms, and will undergo a test in the next few minutes,” the IDF said in a statement. The military said Kohavi will self-isolate in his office and will able to maintain his usual schedule of activities while in quarantine.

The IDF chief and two major generals were the latest senior officials to require self-quarantine, joining interim Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a number of Knesset members, and many of their aides. This will be Haliva’s second time requiring home quarantine. He was also forced to isolate himself earlier this month after returning home from a vacation in Italy. FOLLOW THE STORY AT “THE TIMES OF ISRAEL”